Free the Mind

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In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness, those qualities cultivated by Tibetan meditation practice. The results of Davidson’s studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are portrayed in the fascinating new documentary Free the Mind as they are applied to treating PTSD in returning Iraqi vets and children with ADHD. The film poses provocative and fundamental questions: What really is consciousness, and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it possible to physically change the brain solely through meditation and mental training exercises? Free the Mind follows three test subjects – one school-aged boy and two veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – on a daring journey into the deepest recesses of the human mind. (Dir. by Phie Ambo, 2012, Denmark, in English, 80 mins., Not Rated, International Film Circuit) Digital